MJNT Rallies to Top Egypt

By Darci Miller | Aug. 30, 2013, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: darci.miller@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 30) – The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) came out strong after a slow start in its first playoff match at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship on Friday, defeating Egypt 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20).

The win ensured the United States (3-3) a place in the bracket competing for ninth-12th place. The MJNT will next face Serbia (5-1) on Saturday (Aug. 31) at 10 a.m. EDT. Live streaming can be found here. The MJNT and Serbia previously squared off in pool play, with Serbia coming out on top, 3-0.

The MJNT converted 43.44 percent of its attacks for points while holding Egypt to 35.29 percent. Egypt led in aces (6-5) and had fewer errors (26-34), but the MJNT had the advantage in blocks (13-7).

“I think our energy was low at the beginning,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said. “We made some line-up changes and got our energy back. Those players played very well together today. As the energy came back down we made couple more changes then we were able to finish up the match at a high level.”

Ben Patch (Provo, Utah) led the MJNT in scoring with 23 points on 20 kills, one block and two aces in addition to three digs. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) added 17 points on 16 kills and one block, plus five digs and nine excellent receptions. Michael Henchy (Ventura, Calif.) contributed 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace along with five digs and 10 excellent receptions, tying for the team lead. Taylor Gregory (Saugus, Calif.) scored nine points on five kills and four blocks in addition to two digs.

Driss Guessous (Pasadena, Calif.) chipped in eight points on three kills, four blocks and one ace. Tom Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) added two points on two kills plus three digs and six excellent receptions. James Shaw (Woodside, Calif.) scored one point on one block along with two digs and 14 running sets. Kyle Russell (Loomis, Calif.) contributed one point on an ace in addition to one dig. Tony Ensbury (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) added a team-high 14 digs and 10 excellent receptions. Matt West (Seattle, Wash.) chipped in 12 running sets and one dig.

Egypt controlled the first set with a strong performance by its middle blockers and backline defense, as well as serve reception, and earned a 25-22 win. In the second set, the MJNT had solid blocking to thwart attacks from Egypt’s centers, winning 25-21. Egypt kept things close in the third set, knotting the score at 23 apiece before the MJNT eked out a 25-23 victory. The MJNT carried this momentum into the fourth set for a 25-20 win, taking the match 3-1.

“Unfortunately in the first set we started slow,” MJNT captain West said. “We couldn't get momentum. However, I think we played very well during the second and third set. We did a good job.”

Hanson started Gregory and Guessous at middle blocker and Patch at opposite in all four sets. Henchy started at outside hitter in the first three and subbed in the fourth, Aaron Russell started the last three and Jaeschke started the first and fourth at the same position. West started at setter in the first and fourth, while Shaw was the starting setter in the second and third. Kyle Russell subbed in all four sets. Shaw and Aaron Russell subbed in the first. Jaeschke subbed in the second and third. Nick Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) subbed in the second and D.J. White (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) subbed in the first and third.

For more information about the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, click here.

2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Name (Position, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 - Taylor Gregory (MB, Saugus, Calif., Long Beach State University, SCVA)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton University, SCVA)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
8 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., Loyola University, Chicago, Badger)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, Intermountain)
12 - Aaron Russell (OH, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State University, Chesapeake)
14 - James Shaw (S, Woodside, Calif., Stanford University, NCVA)
15 - Kyle Russell (OH, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine, NCVA)
16 - Tom Jaeschke (OH, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola University, Chicago, Great Lakes)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University, Puget Sound)
18 - D.J. White (OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Harvard University, SCVA)

1 - Brennan Anderson (L, Newport Beach, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
10 - Greg Petty (OH, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)
20 - Bobby Walsh (MB, Chicago, Ill., Lewis University, Great Lakes)

Head Coach: Pete Hanson (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack (Penn State University)
Technical Assistant: Jacob Schick
Team Manager: Collin Powers (USA Volleyball)
Head of Delegation: Tom Tait

2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship Schedule (all times listed are local)

Pool A (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: China def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 22: Turkey def. India, 3-0
Aug. 23: Egypt def. China, 3-2
Aug. 23: Turkey def. Morocco, 3-0
Aug. 24: India vs. Morocco, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Turkey def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 25: India def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 25: Turkey def. China, 3-2
Aug. 26: India def. China, 3-0
Aug. 26: Morocco def. Egypt, 3-2

Pool B (at Ankara, Turkey – Baskent Volleyball Hall)
Aug. 22: Iran def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 22: Japan def. Mexico, 3-1
Aug. 23: Estonia def. Japan, 3-2
Aug. 23: Iran def. Argentina, 3-0
Aug. 24: Argentina def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 24: Mexico def. Estonia, 3-1
Aug. 25: Argentina def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 25: Iran def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 26: Iran def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 26: Argentina def. Estonia, 3-1

Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: United States def. Rwanda, 3-1
Aug. 22: Canada def. Tunisia, 3-1
Aug. 23: Tunisia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 23: Serbia def. United States, 3-0
Aug. 24: Serbia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 24: Canada def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 25: Serbia def. Canada, 3-1
Aug. 25: Tunisia def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 26: United States def. Canada, 3-0
Aug. 26: Serbia def. Rwanda, 3-0

Pool D (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: Brazil def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 22: France def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 23: France def. Italy, 3-0
Aug. 23: Russia def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 24: Russia def. France, 3-0
Aug. 24: Italy def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 25: Russia def. Venezuela, 3-1
Aug. 25: France def. Brazil, 3-2
Aug. 26: Brazil def. Venezuela, 3-0
Aug. 26: Italy def. Russia, 3-2

Round of 16
Aug. 28: Match 41, Iran def. Egypt, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 42, Brazil def. United States, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 43, Argentina def. China, 3-1
Aug. 28: Match 44, Italy def. Serbia, 3-2
Aug. 28: Match 45, India def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 46, Russia def. Tunisia, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 47, Turkey def. Mexico, 3-0
Aug. 28: Match 48, France def. Canada, 3-2

Round Robin 17-20
Aug. 29: Match 49, Estonia def. Morocco, 3-2
Aug. 29: Match 50, Rwanda def. Venezuela, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 59, Venezuela def. Morocco, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 60, Estonia def. Rwanda, 3-0
Aug. 31: Match 61, Estonia vs. Venezuela, 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 31: Match 62, Morocco vs. Rwanda, 11:00 a.m.

Aug. 30: Match 51, Brazil def. Iran, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 52, Italy def. Argentina, 3-2
Aug. 30: Match 53, Russia def. India, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 54, France def. Turkey, 3-0

Classification 9-16
Aug. 30: Match 55, United States def. Egypt, 3-1
Aug. 30: Match 56, Serbia def. China, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 57, Tunisia def. Japan, 3-0
Aug. 30: Match 58, Canada def. Mexico, 3-1

Classification 5-8
Aug. 31: Match 63, Iran vs. Argentina, 11:00 a.m.
Aug. 31: Match 65, India vs. Turkey, 1:30 p.m.

Classification 13-16
Aug. 31: Match 64, Egypt vs. China, 1:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 66, Japan vs. Mexico, 3:00 p.m.

Aug. 31: Match 67, Brazil vs. Italy, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 69, Russia vs. France, 7:00 p.m.

Classification 9-12
Aug. 31: Match 68, United States vs. Serbia, 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 31: Match 70, Tunisia vs. Canada, 7:00 p.m.

Finals 1-16
Sept. 1: Match 71, Place 15-16: L64 vs. L66, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 72, Place 13-14: W64 vs. W66, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 73, Place 11-12: L68 vs. L70, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 74, Place 9-10: W68 vs. W70, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 75, Place 7-8: L63 vs. L65, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1: Match 76, Place 5-6: W63 vs. W65, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 77, Place 3-4: L67 vs. L69, 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 1: Match 78, Place 1-2: W67 vs. W69, 7:00 p.m.